Job and Volunteer Opportunities 2023


Database of Religious History

Institution: University of British Columbia
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The Database of Religious History, based at the University of British Columbia, is a digital, open access, and queryable repository of quantitative and qualitative information with the goal of covering the breadth of human religious experience (
Begun in 2013, the DRH now has almost a thousand entries by qualified scholars, covering religious groups, places, and texts (the three types of polls that make up the entries in the database), but additional help is needed!
As part of a new initiative we are attempting to expand our entries that deal with the ancient Near East and surrounding regions. In an effort to efficiently build the database with high quality entries, the DRH is offering $300 CAD honoraria for each completed entry. If you are a PhD candidate or above and would like to contribute an entry on any religious group, place, or text, please contact Dr. Andrew Danielson ( or sign up for the database at and select Andrew Danielson as your entry editor.


Find a Holy Land Dig in 2023

Submission Application: March 10, 2023
Institution: Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS)
Location: Israel
Find a Dig webpage:
The scholarship program:
apply for a BAS 2023 Dig Scholarship at:

Every year, the Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS), publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, compiles a listing of dig opportunities for volunteers at Participating in an archaeological excavation is a unique and exciting way to experience history firsthand. For almost five decades, BAS has been connecting volunteers with the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting archaeological excavations in the Near East. A wide variety of people take part in our featured digs, and individuals of many different ages, backgrounds, and cultures have come together to share the thrill of discovery.

Dozens of archaeological digs in Israel, Jordan, and elsewhere are looking for volunteers to help them excavate history. Whether you’re interested in exploring the worlds of Kings David and Solomon, walking in the footsteps of Jesus and the apostles, or working in an ancient Phoenician city, we’ve got an archaeological dig for you. For each dig, we provide an in-depth description, including location, historical and biblical significance, and the goals for the upcoming season.

This year, BAS will also offer dig scholarships of $2,000 each to people who wish to participate in a dig and demonstrate sufficient need. The scholarship program ( is open to all, but applications from students, faculty, and staff at U.S. community colleges and minority-serving institutions are especially welcome. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10, 2023. To learn more and apply, please visit: BAS 2023 Dig Scholarships.

Check out BAS’s Find a Dig webpage ( to see how you can get involved in an upcoming excavation or apply for a BAS 2023 Dig Scholarship at

Albright Institute Director

Submission Application: March 13, 2023
Start Date (estimated): September 11, 2023
Institution: W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
Location: Jerusalem
E-mail Submission:

Position of Director of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem welcomes applications for the position of Director. The Director is the chief executive officer of the Institute and is responsible for all the Institute’s operations. The successful candidate will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and must be able to lead development efforts (fundraising and grant writing), build and adhere to the budget, manage the Institute’s staff, direct the research fellows’ program, and oversee the maintenance of the Institute’s historic physical plant in Jerusalem.
The Albright Institute seeks candidates who possess a Ph.D. and are leaders in the fields of Near Eastern Studies and/or related fields, including anthropology, archaeology, biblical studies, history, museology, and religious studies.
Review of applications will begin March 13, 2023, with preliminary interviews beginning in late March. Interviews for finalists will be conducted in April 2023.
The new director will take the post beginning September 11, 2023. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be based on individual experience and qualifications. Details of the contract will be negotiated at time of job offer. The initial appointment will be up to five years with a review in the second year. Benefits include a recently-renovated 3-bedroom Director’s apartment on the Albright campus in East Jerusalem.
The search committee requests that all applicants submit a letter of application, a full CV, and the names of three references to the Director Search website at All inquiries and other communications should be directed to the chair of the search committee, Prof. J. Edward Wright ( Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The Albright Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, and all candidates will be considered on the basis of their individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.
The mission of the Albright Institute is to develop and disseminate scholarly knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Near East, as well as the study of the development of civilization from prehistory to the early Islamic period. The Institute pursues these goals through engaging in archaeological and historical research and excavation, sponsoring doctoral and post-doctoral research fellowships, and including students and the public in our lecture and research programs.
For more information on the Albright Institute, its people and programs, please visit our website at .


The Hebrew Bible in historical and cultural contexts

Submission Application: April 30, 2023
Start Date (estimated): 01.02.2024 or TBD
Duration: Contract length: Renewable 2-year contracts for up to 6 years
Institution: UNIL - The Faculty of Theology and Sciences of Religions of the University of Lausanne
Location: Lausanne (Dorigny) - The Faculty of Theology and Sciences of Religions of the University of Lausanne
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Research Associate in Hebrew Linguistics and Philology (Fixed Term)

Submission Application: January 2, 2023
Institution: The Hebrew Studies section of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge

The Hebrew Studies section of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the field of Hebrew Linguistics and Philology.

One of the major projects in the Hebrew Studies section is the compilation of a reference grammar of Biblical Hebrew. This is a major expansion and updating of Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar. The new grammar will bring together current knowledge of the different traditions of Biblical Hebrew, incorporate research on Biblical Hebrew that has been published in recent decades and incorporate new research on Biblical Hebrew undertaken by the research team in Cambridge. We are seeking a postdoctoral Research Associate to join the team working on this project.

Key activities associated with the role include:
Drafting various sections of the reference grammar, in particular those relating to syntax and/or morphology. This would involve trawling the scholarly literature relevant to the topic of the section, undertaking where necessary primary research on the topic (especially quantificational studies) and collating where relevant different traditions of Biblical Hebrew. Publication of papers relating to new research undertaken in relation to the drafting of the sections of the grammar. Participation in the wider activities of the Hebrew and Semitic linguistics community in Cambridge, including contributions to seminars and assistance in grant-writing. Some undergraduate teaching, if the appointee so wishes. Applicants must have:

A PhD in the field of Biblical Hebrew linguistics or Semitic linguistics and scholarly publications that include linguistic studies of Biblical Hebrew. Preferably also knowledge of the languages of the ancient versions (Greek, Latin, Aramaic) and the ability to work with grammatically-tagged databases of Biblical Hebrew. Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills. Experience in grant-writing Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2025 in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on 2nd January 2023. We expect to hold interviews in the week commencing 9th January 2023, subject to change. If you have any questions about this vacancy you can contact Professor Geoffrey Khan, or about the application process, please contact the School HR Team on

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